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Frank de Boer for Rangers? Joey Barton talked down his Everton prospects last summer

Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer before the game

Frank de Boer has been linked with replacing Mark Warburton at Glasgow Rangers.

Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer before the gameInter Milan manager Frank de Boer before the game

Frank de Boer is among the front runners to land the Glasgow Rangers job after Mark Warburton was let go.

The Scottish Sun report De Boer is interested in managing at Ibrox after playing for the club in 2004, but would only consider taking over in the summer rather than mid-season.

Before an unsuccessful spell at Inter Milan, Frank de Boer spent six seasons at Ajax, winning four Eredivisie titles to add to the five he won as a player.

One man who may not impressed with his fit could be controversial former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton.

After De Boer was linked with the Everton job last summer, Joey Barton warned that the manager could put the Toffees into a relegation battle.

He told talkSPORT: "You need tried and tested in the Premier League. No disrespect to De Boer, he is a good manager, and will prove that in time, but I don’t think he’s for Everton now.

"If you take a chance on De Boer you could be sitting very close to a relegation battle next season. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll get an upturn in form.”

By the same logic, putting De Boer into the Scottish Premiership would be a risk - and Rangers would be better off handing the job to Derek McInnes or Alex McLeish.

Neither will be as inspiring as De Boer, but his short stint in Glasgow already should prepare him for the challenge which lies if he takes the job.

Rangers' Joey Barton looks dejectedRangers' Joey Barton looks dejected

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